The App Store, nearing its 25 billionth download, has been a great success in many ways. But it sure hasn't scaled well. The simple system of poorly defined categories, and the highlighting of most popular and featured apps just doesn't give enough avenues to find those apps that really meet your needs. Even the Genius feature is limited. Which is why a host of websites and apps have arisen to fill the gap. Now it's being reported that Apple is set to overhaul the iTunes/App Store later this year. According to 9To5Mac, the revamped store will be simpler, more fun, and more interactive. And just yesterday it was reported that Apple has purchsed Chomp, a search-and-discovery platform. This software uses an algorithm that learns the functions and topics of an app. These algorithms are the basis of the free Chomp app for the iPhone, which will likely be incorporated into the App Store.
Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.